Reports submission has been found

REPORTS that a “lost” submission calling for a Police Citizens Youth Club in the Clarence Valley had indeed been “found” could not be confirmed with police last night.

Grafton-based co-ordinator of the latest push for a PCYC, Ursula Tunks, said last night that a senior police officer had told her the submission had been found and passed on to the PCYC head office.

Member for Clarence Steve Cansdell said earlier in the day “it would be a great tragedy” if the submission went missing and “a very hard thing for myself and the wider community to accept.

“PCYC has helped me immensely in the past and has had a considerable impact on my life. I would love for the kids of the Clarence who are in trouble to have that facility to rely on and go to,” he said.

“The organisation gives youth the chance to meet and get some guidance and help if they need. It also establishes a link between police and the community, giving the police force another way to pick up on issues.

“The submission was put together by numerous members of the community and took a considerable amount of time and effort. It would be a great tragedy if it went missing and a very hard thing for myself and the wider community to accept.”

PCYC NSW general manager Danny Kapustin said PCYCs were highly sought after across the state.

“(Communities need to) lobby the NSW Police Minister and NSW Police Commissioner with the support of the local state MP to increase youth command numbers by two officers to be located at the new facility is an essential step,” he said.

“They would need to commit to this and be also able to provide additional manager funding for a manager to operate a new facility.”



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